Religious Studies: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam


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Religious Studies: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Prophecy is an integral part of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and has much the same meaning and significance in each of these religions. However, there are important and indeed controversial distinctions between the ways in which prophecy operates in each religion.
One way to differentiate between the three religions’ approaches to prophecy is to take a chronological view. Judaic prophecy, at least in the eyes of Jewish scholars, looks forward to a Messiah who has not yet come; Christian prophecy looks forward to the future actions of a Messiah who has already come; Muslim prophecy looks backward at the prophecies of the other two religions to claim that God’s final prophet has...
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.....hristians can be expected to be expressive in return.
Certainly, Jews and Muslims have created wonderful cultural expressions, but not necessarily as Jews and Muslims. Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel as a Christian, that is, as part of his Christianity. On the other hand, it would be an odd argument to claim that Freud wrote The Interpretation of Dreams as a Jew, or that the compositions of Felix Mendelssohn are Jewish. Jews and Muslims create, and create often and marvelously, but their creations are not always at peace with their religious traditions, and are not enriched by a theological dimension.
Oxtoby, William & Segal, Alan. A Concise Introduction to World
Religions. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2007